3D Dental Implant Imaging
Cone Beam CT Scanner
Progressive Periodontics & Implant Dentistry provides 3D dental implant imaging services in Howell, NJ. Call 732-389-3400 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
One of the most effective ways to ensure successful dental implant surgery is to carefully plan implant placement with 3D diagnostic imaging. At Progressive Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, we use the Carestream 8100 3D Cone Beam CT Scanner (often shortened to CBCT) to generate images of the jawbone, teeth, and surrounding structures. These images create a three-dimensional model of your mouth, which is then used to plan the placement of your dental implants.
Why We Use a Cone Beam Scanner
Cone beam scanners are one of the most significant advancements in dentistry, replacing the two-dimensional imaging generated by x-rays with superior digital tomographic three-dimensional images that allow us a 360-degree view of your teeth and the structures that support them.
In comparing a 3D cone beam scanner to a traditional CT scan, there is less radiation involved and the process of getting a CBCT scan is simple, fast, and comfortable—and the CBCT can be performed right in our office. No radiation remains in the body once the scan is complete.
We use a CBCT scanner because its superior images enable better diagnosis and more precise planning for dental implant surgery. They let us view your bone and the soft tissues in the same image and let us see your teeth, bone, and gums at every angle, something that isn’t possible with x-rays. With CBCT imaging, implant dentistry is safer and yields more predictable outcomes.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cone Beam Scanners
What does a cone beam scan show?
Imaging from a cone beam scanner gives us a 360-degree view of your teeth, jawbone, and all of the structures that hold your teeth in place. They provide much more information than a traditional two-dimensional dental x-ray and allow us to view bone and soft tissue in the same image. It provides a “virtual reality” of your jaws allowing the implant to be placed on the computer prior to the actual procedure ensuring that all factors can be accounted for and anticipated.
Is cone beam CT safe?
Yes, cone beam CT scans are safe and your radiation exposure is minimal. CBCT scans have up to 10 times less radiation exposure than a traditional CT scan.
Is a CBCT scan necessary?
Yes, for dental implants, we need to take 3D imaging to give us the best possible chance for successful surgical outcomes. Without high quality imaging, we can’t adequately plan for your dental implant surgery.
Is a cone beam CT painful?
No, there’s no pain or discomfort involved in getting a CBCT scan. This is an open CT scan so no “claustrophobia”.
How long does a CBCT scan take?
A CBCT scan of your entire mouth takes under a minute to complete.
Call 732-389-3400 to schedule your appointment.